Wednesday, January 05, 2011


Proposed Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) Facility

Commercial scale Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) is around the corner.

The HECO-State Energy Agreement (Oct 2008) states that Sea Solar OTEC will build a 25 MW system in 2015 and expand it to 100 MW in 2020; and Lockheed Martin will build a 10 MW system in 2020. In addition, Lockheed Martin is working with the Navy Pearl Harbor to build a 10MW OTEC plant off Pearl Harbor (c2012) and a larger system (100MW?) in the near future. OCEES International, Inc. is working to build a 1MW OTEC facility at NELHA.

Life of the Land has supported Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) for 30 years

Life of the Land is seeking comments and critiques for their Kahe Marine Research Park Draft Plan
which includes a 125MW OTEC facility.

At the US Senate Hearings re OTEC (Honolulu, Hawaii (April 10 & May 1, 1980) chaired by Senator Daniel Inouye, Life of the Land testified: "We feel the total benefits far outweigh any possible environmental problems, and even those small problems can likely be turned into benefits. Considering this, it is extremely unlikely that Life of the Land would ever take any action to discourage OTEC production in Hawaii. On the contrary, we hope this will develop as soon as possible."

In 2005 Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) proposed a biofuel peaking unit in Campbell Industrial Park. Life of the Land intervened in the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) regulatory proceeding and put on a full case offering ocean energy as an alternative, with a focus on OTEC.

In 2010 Life of the Land asked the Hawai`i Department of Business, Economic development and Tourism (DBEDT) to consider OTEC as an alternative to Big Wind (Lana`i & Moloka`i windfarms connected by transmission line to O`ahu)


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